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July 1, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Pampered Prada. Designed to cheer.

Grateful dog. Prada getting better. (Facebook Pit Bull Rescue of Houston)

“Whew. A little overwhelmed with all the attention. I’ve always led a quiet life. Wanted to say thanks for all the help.” (Pit Bull Rescue of Houston)

Totally selfish coward to use a dog as a weapon. Idiot. Let sleeping dogs lie!

Just a quick update on Prada the innocent pooch who was shot by mistake by a startled HPD officer in pursuit of a drug dealer.

(See previous post if confused.)

Prada’s owner has always tried to do right by her.

Raised her from a pup. Seen she has all her shots, deworming, and those all important for this area heart worm pills so she is HW free. He is also overwhelmed that people care enough to help. Right now he just wants her well and back beside him, and is relieved to know she’s safe and cared for while he’s at work.

Vet’s diagnosis:

“Her back leg/foot has 2-3 fractures to the metatarsal and there are also bullet fragments. Her front leg is wounded but luckily no bone damage. Vergi will run some lab work to check for anything, including possible infection of bone and continue to monitor healing of tissue and hopefully be able to save her back leg.”

Want to keep up with Prada’s progress?

Here’s the best place: Pit Bull Rescue of Houston’s Facebook page.

This group is making sure she is cared for. (“Vergi Vet Clinic in Houston. To donate towards her treatment and help save her leg, please call Vergi at 713-932-9589 and mention HPD GSW“)

Money isn’t the only thing needed. Positive thoughts, prayers, and healing wishes gladly accepted.

She’s on her way. 

Paws up. Smiles all around.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Prada at vet. Facebook Pit Bull Rescue of Houston

“Well, folks, I’m a bit tired now. Hope you understand. Once again thanks for caring for the least of among you. Life really is surprising and wonderful” (Pit Bull Rescue)





  1. RAB / Jul 1 2015 3:47 pm

    Thanks for this good news on this beautiful, beautiful girl!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Cecilia Mary Gunther / Jul 1 2015 7:59 pm

    Oh – poor wee pooch.. c


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 2 2015 11:08 pm

      In good hands now. People want to help. Cheers for all the local news stations that picked up her story. Thanks for designing a comment to leave


      • Cecilia Mary Gunther / Jul 2 2015 11:41 pm

        Funny how people will go out of their way to help a dog (and that is a good thing) but they will step over a homeless, toothless person to put their donation in the letter box.. Though a dog has no choices I guess, they are dependents.. makes no sense. a conundrum. c


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 3 2015 12:17 am

          I know what you mean. People are worth noticing and care, too.
          Not everyone ignores them. There are many homeless here as the weather is mild and the city generous. Even with many many outreach services/ shelters/available city owned and operated transition apartments with phones and computers available along with clinics, a large number of them prefer to stay on the street since the shelters do not allow drugs, alcohol, some are nonsmoking, and usually not dogs. Some do not want 12 step programs or prayers or rules. It is a choice (until they have been on the streets too long, then it’s very difficult to get them to re-enter society.)
          Still people do befriend the homeless and try to help – even at the end raising money for a decent burial and service as is done here more than once. Community responses differ.
          It is a terrible shame that this federal government doesn’t seem to want to help these lost and broken people – preferring instead to send money over seas. Always thought you should fix your own “family” first, then assist others once obligations are met. And keep promises made to veterans. Sigh. Complex situation.


          • Cecilia Mary Gunther / Jul 3 2015 2:45 am

            The veterans is a very interesting question here – why is it that so many end up homeless? We have a young man in the army as you know, but he is lucky enough to have a home to come back to – because he certainly is not learning anything useful during his time in the army – oh I know many do – but he will come out soon with no skills or training at all other than to wait.. he just – waits.


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 3 2015 3:44 pm

            One problem I saw with combat vets returning from Vietnam was a whole different set of experiences compared to others of their age. The violence, killing, stress, chain of command all took a toll and they looked at non military peers – what that groups life experiences/interests are (video games, Kardashians…) all which looks very shallow and immature by comparison? Where and how to they fit back in…where is the support financially, medically, and emotionally promised to them. So many sank into drugs or alcohol or rage alternating with depression.
            Different era, same problems. The army glorifies the experience and promises “training and life skills”, yet there does’t seem to be enough help transitioning those skills into life/occupations outside the military. Many return with serious life changing injuries. Set adrift to fend for themselves…and their spouses and children suffer, too.
            All my observations. No solutions, but there could be. If any group deserves subsidized housing, and free medical devices like robotics, new age wheel chairs, service animals, training for jobs in technology, vets do. It could be done if those in charge wanted to.
            I know you have one out there. He is lucky to have a network when he returns. Sigh, C. Such a situation

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Jul 1 2015 11:11 pm

    Sweet dog!


  4. EllaDee / Jul 2 2015 2:47 am

    What a lovely face. Deserves a happy ending 🙂


  5. PiedType / Jul 2 2015 3:38 am

    Can’t tell you what I think of people who shoot dogs. Or abuse dogs. Or leave injured dogs unattended.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 2 2015 11:20 pm

      A real concern that animals injured incidents like this are happening far too often in much too many places. Seems like the authorities would be more cautious when dogs are involved. Stories and pictures like this really upset the public and make them question police judgement and common sense. Thanks for the loud growl!


      • PiedType / Jul 2 2015 11:36 pm

        Police here had unnecessarily shot so many dogs that they were ordered to take a course on dealing with dogs. Doubt it will make any difference.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 2 2015 11:40 pm

          I immediately thought of that poor dog in the road dying and the cops not letting the owner go to him. Heartless.


  6. angelswhisper2011 / Jul 2 2015 7:44 am

    She is so adorable, Philmouse. Thank you for the update on her. This girl deserves the best! We’ll send Healing Purrayers and Pawkisses to make her feel better 🙂 ❤


  7. heretherebespiders / Jul 2 2015 6:17 pm

    Proves that for ever one evil person, there are hundreds of good ones. Hope is not lost.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 2 2015 11:25 pm

      Definitely agree incidents like this and the past flooding does show that neighbors will help neighbors if the word gets out. The local news stations have figured it out (it’s good for their image) and social media can serve a positive purpose. There is hope. Thanks for cheering along


  8. Robin / Jul 3 2015 12:36 pm

    Good news! 🙂 She’s got a very pretty face.


  9. Paul / Jul 5 2015 1:17 pm

    Cool pup – sad story. Realistically so many pit bulls have been trained to attack that there is no choice for the policemen but to shoot first and ask questions later. So many were abused here in Ontario,that they were outlawed.Best of luck to the pup. 😀


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 5 2015 4:05 pm

      Actually the poor cop chasing a known criminal and drug dealer, rounded a corner and simply reacted defensively to a large dark object being thrown towards him – he probably didn’t have time to see it was a dog, much less what kind. People probably could accept that, but leaving an injured animal, making no attempt to notify, even leave a note of the owner – not bothering to make a quick call to the city injured animal squad/the city dog pound/the Houston Humane society/the local SPCA/ or even one of the many animal rescue groups – that’s what the public is having trouble understanding. Another PR problem for authorities – one of their own making and one that could have been avoided. People need to think police have good judgement.
      Pit Bulls can be vicious, but so much depends on the breeding, environment, and owners. Common saying around here is that once a dog breed becomes popular, the breed is quickly ruined. (Pit bulls were the subjects of past posts. One of Molly’s best friends is a HUGE white pit bull, Roxie, who wears a pink rhinestone collar – I keep trying to get a pix of her as she has got to be the smilingest, happiest, friendliest, wigglingest dog ever – but she is so please to see you she won’t hold still and that doggy face, you have to hug…Then there’s the one around the corner who is vicious, dangerous, and has attacked and severely injured 2 neighborhood dogs. An example of bad irresponsible owners mixed with breeding dogs that have violent tendencies. Sort of like people?
      Thanks for wishing Prada well! Positive thinking is bound to help. Thanks for trotting along


  10. jmmcdowell / Jul 7 2015 6:24 pm

    Glad to see that people stepped up for Prada. Not so glad to see a branch of city government not step up to make amends. Police work is often a thankless job for those who do it right because of the actions of a few. But why do the department and city say and do nothing and so take yet another hit in public opinion?

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